Friday, April 12, 2024

Few still out on the South Coast

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With the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian pending, only handfuls of people can still be spotted along parts of the South Coast.

At Dover Beach, a group of visitors said they had enjoyed the sunset before heading back to their hotels.

A local, who declined identification, said the storm was nothing new and he was not panicking. “I’m prepared and will be going in soon. The whole of Barbados prepared, I’ve never seen so many people out shopping,” he said.

However not everyone felt as comfortable. At Christ Church Foundation School, a family of four was sheltering from the upcoming storm. One of them said their home was not safe. “I was frightened so I came here. We live on Water Street but our house isn’t safe, the minister had told us he would get the UDC to fix it. All now I still frighten, I hope this roof don’t fall on me,” she said. Another family member said they did not know what was going to happen so they decided to come to the shelter sooner rather than later.

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Last minute shoppers in SST One Stop Supermarket in St Lawrence Gap, which had stayed open until around 7:30 p.m. accommodate tourists and the community. (Picture by Carlos Atwell.)

Warden Peter Cox, the deputy principal, assured they had done all they could and the school was safe. He said they currently had five women, two men and two children taking shelter, which is the most he had dealt with so far.

Cox said he had set up a command centre in the ancillary staff room, set out demarcations for the sexes, left lights on to alert people the shelter was open and was keeping in contact with the Ministry of Education. (CA)

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